A mother and her estranged son are in a courtroom battle over a family property.
Pamela Moore and her son Stephen Moore are disputing a 65-acre Grade II listed Manor Farmhouse and estate worth £10 million.
The court heard that Pamela Moore and her son had a strained relationship since he was young.
The matter was exacerbated when Stephen acquired a half share of the farm estate from his uncle in recognition of his commitment to the land, and used money from the partnership to buy himself a sports car which his mother sais was “overly frivolous.”
In 2012, Stephen learned he had been written out of his parent’s mirror wills and that his father had disinherited him of the other half of the farm estate.
That share of the estate was left to Pamela Moore if he died before her. This £5 million share of the estate would then go to Stephen’s sister Julie and her husband.
In 2016, Stephen successfully challenged this decision, claiming that his father had advanced dementia.
In the High Court case, Judge Simon Monty said that Stephen had worked on the farm since childhood, and was entitled to the whole farm.
Mrs Moore has now taken the battle to the Court of Appeal stating that the decision was unfair on her daughter Julie saying the “upsetting family dispute’ has left them “bankrupt in all but name.”
A judgment is expected at a later date.